The Energy Star® label (Fig. 1-2) was created in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help consumers quickly and easily identify energy efficient products such as homes, appliances, and lighting. Energy Star products are also available in Canada. In the United States alone in the year 2000, Energy Star resulted in greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to taking 10 million cars off the road. Eight hundred and sixty four billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions have been prevented due to Energy Star commitments to date.
The Energy Star Homes program reviews the plans for new homes and provides design support to help the home achieve the five-star Energy Star Homes rating, by setting the standard for greater value and energy savings. Energy Star-certified homes are also eligible for rebates on major appliances.
The program also supplies Energysmart computer software that walks you through a computerized energy audit of a home and provides detailed information on energy efficiency. The PowerSmart computer program assesses electric usage for residential customers who use more than 12,000 kW per year, and can offer discounts on insulation, refrigerators, thermostats, and heat pump repairs. Energy Star Lighting includes rebates on energy-efficient light bulbs and fixtures. The program offers rebates on Energy Star-labeled clothes washers, which save an average of 60 percent on energy costs and reduce laundry water consumption by 35 percent.
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